This year’s Aussie Millions Main Event has been won by an amateur poker player Shurane Vijayaram.
Vijayaram’s A$1.6 million victory is likely to be added to the list of amazing poker title wins as he entered the Main Event after winning a seat in a A$130-rebuy tournament at Crown Casino.
This is his first recorded cash win as he has never finished in the money in any of the previous events he has participated in. The final table for the Main Event had seven players whittled down from a starting field of 725 entries.
Australian player Luke Roberts and American David Olson were the first to exit. Roberts took home A$215,000 while Olson scored winnings of A$270,000. Following that poker superstar Fedor Holz dropped out and finished in fifth place for A$335,000 after which it was the turn of Australia's Jeff Rossiter to exit and finish in fourth place taking home A$445,000.
The final three left at the table were Germany’s Tobias Hausen, Ben Heath and of course Shurane Vijayaram. Hausen could not beat the huge stacks that Heath and Vijayaram had held, resulting in his exit at third place for A$620,000.
Vijayaram entered into the 29-hands heads up play against Heath with a lead he had been maintaining for the last 120 hands. Heath couldn’t shake Vijayaram throughout the play resulting in Vijaram emerging victorious. Elated with his win, Vijayaram called it a dream. A regular poker player Vijayaram said that he was more of a cash game player than a tournament player. However he had been inspired to join an Aussie Millions satellite after being asked whether he had ever played in the Aussie Millions at a poker game at his local pub by a fellow player.
Although intimidated by the presence of several top poker pros Vijayaram said that he had been confident about his ability to read a situation.
In a statement Vijayaram said
I already played some really good players during this tournament, better players than I've played in my whole life before. Having that confidence, and confidence in my game, I suppose gave me the belief that I could take these guys on.
Vijayaram said that this confidence had particularly helped him to win against Heath during the heads-up play. The newly crowned Aussie Millions Main Event winner said that he was looking forward to use his winnings to pay off his debts and go on a holiday. He also plans on playing more tournaments in the coming days.